Whakatane River Walk, Whakatane

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#4 of 16 in Trails in Bay of Plenty Region
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Explore scenic Whakatane with Whakatane River Walk, which connects the town's major historical and scenic features along the river's edge, all the way to where the river meets the sea. The easy path takes you past gardens, a skate park, a playground, and a visitor information center right to The Heads, opening out to the Bay of Plenty. Check out the old wharf and estuary, the row of restaurants, and Mataatua Reserve. You'll also pass a hub for big game fishing, a weigh station frequented by tuna, billfish, and shark fishermen. Additional Maori cultural pieces along the way include a bronze statue of Wairaka and Muriwai's cave. Locals and tourists alike frequent this walkway, drawn by and contributing to its exuberant atmosphere. Plan to visit Whakatane River Walk during your Whakatane vacation using our convenient Whakatane vacation trip planner.
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  • We've been coming to Whakatane for years but only recently discovered the fantastic path along the riverfront. Covering the length of town and linking with access from all sorts of parks this is a bri...  more »
  • A picturesque walk from the Whakatane Bridge to the Whakatane Heads. Easy for prams. Passes near the centre of town and all the cafes. The Whakatane Fishing Club is right on the waterfront and you pas...  more »
  • A nice quite walkway that starts right at the whakatane bridge all the way to the end of whakatane near the heads. Well taken care of, beautiful scenery, it's a must do if your looking to do something...  more »

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